Another Misattributed Domitian

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Orfew, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    I was lucky enough to win this one in yesterday's Roma auction. I have been looking for one of these for some time. A few months ago one popped up and I submitted an offer. I soon found out that our very own Jay had also submitted an offer. The seller responded to us both with an offer to sell. I was in the process of responding when I received a notice that the coin had sold. Jay was a little bit quicker. Since then I have been looking for one of these and one appeared in the Roma E-Sale.

    This coin did not catch a lot of attention. It is far from a perfect coin condition wise, and the coin was misattributed. The lot description stated that the coin was RIC 572 and gave the proper legends for 572. However, this coin is not RIC 572 it is RIC 573. The difference is in the obverse legend. On 572 the obverse legend includes the normal GERM. However, on this coin the legend reads GERMAN instead. I do not blame anyone for missing this, it is an easy mistake to make. Especially so since the vast majority of these coins contain GERM and not GERMAN. In fact, there are only 5 coin types with GERMAN in the legend; 4 denarii and an aureus. All of these coins are rare. The most common of them gets an R2 rating from RIC.

    The rarity of the legend variation is not the only reason I love this coin. I really like the portrait as well. The reverse is a little rough, but still has a decent portrayal of Minerva.

    I know that Jay and David both have one of these and I hope that they will post them here.

    Domitian RIC 573.jpg

    Domitian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 88. First Issue
    3.25g, 19mm, 6h.
    Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN PM TR P VII, laureate head right
    Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right with spear and shield. RIC 573 (R2)
    Ex: Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 July 11, 2019 Lot 799
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  3. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    A wonderful acquisition Andrew! Exceedingly rare with 'GERMAN' in the obverse legend!!

    You don't have to twist my arm. lol

    Here's my RIC 573.

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